Common Core Not OK

, Tony Perkins, 3 Comments

After months of intense, grassroots push-back, opponents of the White House’s Common Core program won another big prize: Oklahoma. This week, the Sooners became the third state to officially dump the President’s education standards, complaining of federal overreach.

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“President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core,” Gov. Mary Fallin (R) explained, “in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable. What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing, and teaching strategies.” And this time, the administration — the same one that claimed this is a state-led effort — bared its teeth.

Desperate to stop the bleeding on its pet project, the White House sent in attack dog Arne Duncan, America’s Secretary of Education, to chastise Fallin in a petty display meant to dissuade other states from following suit. “The Oklahoma example is a pretty interesting one,” Duncan told reporters yesterday. “Let me give you a couple of facts. I think sadly, this is not about education. This is about politics.” He launched into Oklahoma’s education statistics, blasting its proficiency in math and post-high school course studies.

Interestingly enough, the federal government is prevented by law from dictating curriculum — so they dictate “standards” instead. Arne Duncan is threatening Oklahoma. He says the federal education department “partners with” states. Some partnership. That’s like Putin “partnering” with Crimea.

Of course, the irony of Duncan’s statement is that Oklahoma is doing light years better than Washington, D.C., where taxpayers shell out nearly $30,000 per student — and 83% still aren’t proficient in reading. So Washington has the answers? In reality, they don’t even know the questions. Check out the facts on Common Core that the government doesn’t want you to know about in FRC’s new publication.

Tony Perkins heads the Family Research Council. This article is excerpted from the Washington Update that he compiles for the FRC.

If you would like to comment on this article, e-mail mal.kline@academia.org.

  • Steve Tanton

    In general, good on the attack except that you failed to mention that “dictating standards” is also illegal. (See 10th Amendment for starters) And, nice try on the Putin comparison, but it doesn’t work because it isn’t true. Putin annexing Crimea to Russia would be like Jimmy Carter giving SoCal (including the naval base in San Diego) to Mexico and Reagan taking it back. (Crimea was never Ukraine until Khrushchev put it there to convenience an admin problem back in the 50′s and Ukraine was never a country until 1991…it was pretty much always a part of Russia.) A real history lesson might’ve helped you with this one. But back on education, we may all have our opinions, but the federal government’s involvement in any fashion is illegal, even the existence of the Secretary of Education. As for who should manage it, I’ll stick with Jefferson’s views. (Personal responsibility)

    “If it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience.” – Thomas Jefferson (in response to a 1780 bill which proposed placing education in the hands of state officials, The Commonwealth of Virginia)

  • marlene

    this is tony perkins’ article. write your own if you think you can write it better. i’m sure your comment failed to mention a lot of things and a more thorough lesson on current events might have helped you in formulating history as though others didn’t consider it at all, which perkins did. other than your arrogance towards someone who gets her articles published (do you?), i have to agree with most, but not all, of what you wrote.

  • Rebecca

    Crimea fought against Russia in Lenin’s 1917 Communist Revolution. Russia has given them hell ever since. You look like Castro in your picture. United We Stand, divided We Fall…Used to be taught in all public schools tell the leftists infiltrated the system. Getting them out of the system would be the answer, and taking it back over, is the long term answer. That would be too civic minded for you.